The Thin Man

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The Thin Man is a 1934 comic detective film, based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett, about Nick and Nora Charles, a hard-drinking and flirtatious married couple who banter wittily as they solve a murder case. It was followed by five sequels.

Directed by W. S. Van Dyke. Written by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich
A laugh tops every thrilling moment! (taglines)

Nick Charles

  • [Threatened by a man with a gun] Hey, would you mind putting that gun away. My wife doesn't care, but I'm a very timid fellow... All right, shoot. I mean, uh, what's on your mind?

Nora Charles

  • Waiter, will you serve the nuts? ...I mean, will you serve the guests the nuts?
  • The next person who says "Merry Christmas" to me, I'll kill 'em.


  • Marion: I don't like crooks. And if I did like 'em, I wouldn't like crooks that are stool pigeons. And if I did like crooks that are stool pigeons, I still wouldn't like you!


Nick: I'm a hero. I was shot twice in the Tribune.
Nora: I read where you were shot five times in the tabloids.
Nick: It's not true. He didn't come anywhere near my tabloids.

Nora: All right! Go ahead! Go on! See if I care! But I thinks it's a dirty trick to bring me all the way to New York just to make a widow of me.
Nick: You wouldn't be a widow long...
Nora: You bet I wouldn't!
Nick: ...Not with all your money.

Nick: How'd you like Grant's Tomb?
Nora: It's lovely. I'm having a copy made for you.


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